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State Minister in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has urged all Jamaicans to be responsible in their use of energy and to support the Government’s thrust towards renewable energy.
At the awards ceremony for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Energy Conservation Incentive Programme for Schools, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in

State Minister in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick (left), interacting with Half-Way Tree Primary students, Shaquille Brown (centre), and Gavin Francis, at the awards ceremony for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s Energy Conservation Incentive Programme for Schools, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in St. Andrew, on June 25.

St. Andrew on June 25, Mr. Broderick said the current economic crisis being faced by the country could have been avoided if Jamaica had stuck to earlier efforts to find alternatives to fossil fuels.
He pointed to past efforts to use sugar cane to produce ethanol, which were abandoned as soon as oil prices fell.
“We were not thinking as good environmentalists, we were not thinking in terms of renewable; what was foremost in our minds, as always, was to save a buck.and sometimes the good is sacrificed for the dollar,” he lamented.
The State Minister said the country currently relies on oil for 93 per cent of its energy needs and that the country’s current level of expenditure on fuel is unsustainable. He noted that fuel costs account for a large chunk of the country’s gross domestic product, leaving very little for social development or other needs.
He, therefore, urged students attending the ceremony to become more conscious of their energy use. “Man must become conscious of what nature has afforded him and approach it in a civilized way. There are many ways we can talk about energy, but certainly, young ones, don’t keep your heads buried in the sand like the proverbial ostrich, show your understanding and ask the right questions,” the State Minister encouraged.

Fourth form student at Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Wai Leung Ng (left), shows off his poster which won first place in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) essay competition in the 11-15 age group to his sister, Manyee Ng, at the awards ceremony for the PCJ’s Energy Conservation Incentive Programme for Schools, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in St. Andrew, on June 25.

Acting Group Managing Director of the PCJ, Nigel Logan, congratulated the awardees and offered kudos to their teachers for a job well done.
Thirteen schools participated in the Energy Conservation Incentive Programme’s schedule of activities this year. The areas for which awards were given out were science innovation, poster and essay competitions.
In the poster competition, Ciara Neita of Mona Preparatory School, won in the six to 10 age group; Wai Leung Ng, of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in the 11 to 15 age group; and Adrian Green of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in the 16 to 19 age group.
Zachary Butler of St. Andrew Preparatory School won the essay competition in the preparatory/primary school category, while Half-Way-Tree Primary School won in the science competition in the primary/preparatory school category, and Wolmer’s Boys’ School won in the high school category.